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Joe Harvard '66 is interim pastor at First Scots Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC.



Bill Lancaster '73,'84 (DMin) has written a new novel, Starman, about marriage and divorce.

David Beville '74 retired from Trinity Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, GA.

John D. McClelland '74 retired from First Presbyterian Church, Homer, LA.

Cary Speaker '76 (DMin) is interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, AL.



Mark Diehl '80 is interim pastor at Pawley’s Island Presbyterian Church, Pawley’s Island, SC.

Mary Jane Cornell '81 is interim pastor of Conyers Presbyterian Church, Conyers, GA.

Ted Land '84 (DMin) has become transitional shepherd for the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca in Roswell, NM, leaving behind the positions of interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Marianna, FL and coordinating presbyter for the Presbytery of Florida. He and wife Polly recently celebrated 47 years of marriage.

Ray Roberts '84 is pastor of River Road Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA.

Drew Tomberlin '87 is chaplain at VA Medical Center, Atlanta, GA.  

Mary Huie-Jolly '86,'88 (ThM) is CPE Supervisor at the VA Medical Center, Atlanta, GA.

Chuck Hasty '89 is pastor of Grace Church of Columbus, Columbus, GA.



Thomas Baughman '90 (DMin) retired from St. Johns Presbyterian Church, Reno, NV.

Tae Su Cheong '90 is interim pastor of Louisville Korean Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY.

Clover Beal '91 is co-pastor at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO.

Greta Reed '91 has a book recently published, Sacred Enticement: A Skeptic’s Journey to Faith. Her target audience is “skeptics, who typically stay away from church, and doubters in the pew.” Greta is moving to Tallahassee, FL.

Keith Riddle '91, '95 (DMin) is director of mission for Bon Secours Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Hospitals, Charleston, SC.

Polly Deppen-Williams '92 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Lexington, NE.

Craig Goodrich '92 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Naples, FL.

Richard Floyd '92 is interim associate at Trinity Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA.

Andy Walton '92 is pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater, FL.

Jenn McGee '98 is full-time chaplain at Anchor Care and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Palm Bay, FL.

Scott Ramsey '98 is interim pastor at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA.



A new book, Imagination, Ideology and Inspiration, edited by Jonathan Kaplan '02 and Robert Williamson, Jr '01 exploring the legacy of Walter Brueggemann is now available from Sheffield Phoenix Press. The following Columbia graduates contributed essays to the book: Nathan Lane 01 (MATS), Timothy Beal '91,Tod Linafelt '91, Amy Erickson'00, Nancy C. Lee '93 (ThM), David Knauert '03, Davis Hankins '05, Mark Gray ,'96, Scott Ellington'90, Meda A.A. Stamper '99,Tom Sakon '00, and David Dault '02. 

Kazy Hinds '00 was elected as the 5th Ward Commissioner and Mayor November 3, 2015, in Piqua, OH.  Her term begins in January 2016.

Janelle Tibbetts Vaughan '00 is interim co-director of children’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Granada Hills, CA.

Joe Albright '01 was installed November 22, 2015 as pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church, St. Johns, FL.

Emily Heath '01, '05 (ThM) is senior pastor of the Congregational Church in Exeter, NH, and a writer whose work is regularly featured in the Huffington Post. She currently sits on the national board of directors for the United Church of Christ.

Michael Garrett '02 (DMin) is interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, NC.

Jody Moore '03,'15 (DMin) and his wife Jeanne are proud parents of twins. Joseph Gilbert Moore III and Anna Carolyn Moore were born August 11, 2015. Joseph weighed 5 lbs.7 oz, and Anna 3 lbs. 7 oz.

Cader '05 and Cameron '04 (ThM) Howard are proud parents of a baby girl. Anna Charlotte Howard was born October 5, 2015 weighing 6 lbs.10 oz.,19 inches long.

Nancy Oehler Love '04 is installed pastor of Union Presbyterian Church, Fort Madison, IA and Montrose Presbyterian, Montrose, IA.

Jaina Anderson '05 married Phillip Glaize July 25, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, Athens, AL.

Shannon Ball '05 is working at the Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Jane Barwick '05 was elected to the Superior Court of Fulton County and began her four-year term January 1, 2015.

Clay Fouse '05 and Schaap Freeman '05 are proud parents of a baby girl. Alice Duncan Fouse was born August 22, 2015. Clay is serving as CPE and Chaplaincy Director at the VA in Johnson City, TN.

Young Jeon '05 is organizing pastor of New Vision Presbyterian Church housed in Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, Johns Creek, GA.

Jihyun Oh '06 is interim pastor of Hamilton Mill Presbyterian Church, Hoschton, GA.

Jerry Long '06 is pastor of Batesville Presbyterian Church, Batesville, MS.

Tom Rice '06 (DMin) is pastor of Worthington Presbyterian Church, Worthington, OH.

Bill '06 and Sarah '06 Searight have moved to Rose Valley, PA, where Sarah is interim associate pastor for congregational care and older adult ministry at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and Bill is supply pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield Township, PA.

Michael Woods '06 is staff chaplain at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH.

Michael York '06 is associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, FL.

Deidra Crosby '07 is pastor at Madisonville Presbyterian Church, Madisonville, TN.

Elizabeth Gabbard '07 was installed October 18, 2015 as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Arkadelphia, AR.

Cheryl Gans '07 is co-pastor at The Presbyterian Church at Marion Oaks, Jacksonville, FL.

Jill Tolbert '07 is teaching math at Winder-Barrow High School, Winder, GA.

Scott Tucker '07 is teaching Old and New Testament and Ethics at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta.

Kevin Hay '08 is associate pastor of Opequon Presbyterian Church, Winchester, VA.

Emily Zeig Lindsey '08 was installed as Moderator of Presbytery of Lake Erie June 16, 2015.

Marty Cauley '09 (DMin) has a book recently published. Dying to Go on Vacation is the humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, story of faith, hope, and struggle as a father receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer in the middle of his most productive years. He goes on to explore how to live positively even when bad things happen to good people.

David Rogers '09 is associate pastor for spiritual formation at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Roswell, GA.



Craig McDonald '10 married Megan Worley August 15, 2015.

Richard Carr '11 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC.

Carson Overstreet '11 is pastor of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, Van Wyck, SC.

Ross Reddick '11 is pastor of Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. He and his wife Leah are proud parents of Paxton (Pax) James Reddick born August 26, 2015.

Cassie Todd '11 and husband Matt are proud parents of Kinsley Kay Todd born October 1, 2015, weighing 9 lbs. 9 oz. and 21 inches long.

Andrew Whaley '11 is pastor of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA.

Sarah McClelland Brown '13 is pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eastman, GA.

John Fawcett '13 is associate pastor for discipleship and mission at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Wake Forest, NC.

Doug Friesma '13 was ordained August 23, 2015 as pastor of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church,Statham, GA.         

Sunghee Hammersley '13 is in the supervisor in training program of the pastoral care department, Palmetto Hospital, Columbia, SC.

Rachel Hood Vagado '13 was installed November 22, 2015, as associate pastor for Christian Formation at First Presbyterian Church, Concord, NC.

Meredith Loftis '13 is associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN.

John McDonald '13 is associate pastor of education and mission at First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca, NY. He will be ordained December 6, 2015 at First & Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE.

Nick Setzer '11 and Mia Levetan'13 were featured in the Longview, TX News-Journal as the husband and wife team at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and the youngest pastors ever to serve that church. Mia was ordained July 17, 2015 at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kristin Reinhold '12 is designated pastor at Green Ridge Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA.

Rachel Whaley-Pate '13 and husband John are proud parents of Miriam Jane Whaley-Pate born August 4, 2015, weighing 8 lbs. and 20 inches long.

Erin Gaston '14 was ordained and installed December 14, 2014 at South Aiken Presbyterian Church where she is associate pastor for youth and outreach She married Jeff Morgan on April 18, 2015.

Lauren Van Wicklen Peters '14 is campus minister at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL.

Andrew Hart '15 (DMin) is pastor of Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, Chambersburg, PA.

Will Ratcliff '14 and Bonnie Mellage '15 have relocated to Tarkio, MO, where Will is pastor of Tarkio Presbyterian Church.

Ridgley Beckett '15 was ordained August 28, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC and is serving as associate pastor for every member in ministry at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC. On October 3, 2015, she married Will Joyner in Charleston, the day that marked history for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period in Charleston.

Rebekah Lamar '15 was ordained September 13, 2015 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN as associate pastor for Christian Formation. She is married to Ashley Lamar '05 who is a fifth grade math teacher at Grace-St. Luke’s School in Memphis.

Allison Per-lee '15 was ordained August 30, 2015, and is interim pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Snellville, GA.

Melissa Tidwell '15 is the first writing coach for Columbia’s Center for Academic Literacy that opened Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Katy Walters '15 was ordained September 6, 2015 and installed September 27, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Snellville, GA where she is associate pastor for youth and young adults.

Fred Young '15 was ordained August 23, 2015 and installed as pastor of Timberridge Presbyterian Church, McDonough, GA.


In Memoriam

 Dan C. Armstrong, Sr. '67

 March 28, 2015

 Murdoch M. Calhoun '54

 April 3, 2015

 William R. Conine'59, '87(DMin)

 November 12, 2015

 Richard R. Crowe '92 (DMin)

 August 14, 2015

 Archie Davis '54

 August 29, 2015

 Michael Dusing '91 (ThM)

 December 27, 2014

 James H. Gailey '41

 October 17, 2015

 R. Hollis Gause '49

 September 6, 2015

 Charles J. Hammet, Sr.

 August 1, 2015

 J. Bryan Hatchett '53

 September 26, 2015

 Fred Hill '63

 February 6, 2015

 Thomas W.  Horton '48

 October 3, 2015

 James H. Quillan '73

 August 22, 2015

 James G. Stuart '52

 December 6, 2014

 Claude O. Tucker '88 (DMin)

 January 3, 2015

 Charles C. Vorderberg '96

 November 29, 2013

 Barbara Yonteck '71

 July 25, 2015